Adios Vic ($7.40), driven by Jim Dennis, gained his fourth victory over Bret Hanover (he won three last season) when he defeated Bret and Driver Frank Ervin by 2� lengths with a 1:59[3/5] in Hollywood Park's Preview Pace. New Zealand's Cardigan Bay, the only other pacer ever to beat Bret, finished third. The loss was Bret's fifth in 67 races.
HOCKEY—NHL: Unbeaten CHICAGO (4-0-0), paced by the Hull Brothers—Bobby, whose goal in the second period broke a 1-1 tie, and Dennis, who scored two minutes later—defeated the Canadiens 5-3 in the Black Hawks' only game of the week. MONTREAL (3-1-0), in second place by two points, beat the Rangers 3-0 on ex-Ranger Gump Worsley's first shutout of the season after losing to the Black Hawks, while TORONTO (1-1-2) edged the Red Wings 3-2 and tied the Bruins 3-3. DETROIT (2-4-0) followed its loss to the Maple Leafs by beating the Rangers 5-3 and the Bruins 8-1. In the Ranger game Right Wing Paul Henderson scored four goals—giving him a league-leading eight—and assisted on the fifth. Although Boom Boom Geoffrion scored a goal in one game and led the Rangers in the other with four shots-on-goal, NEW YORK (1-3-1) lost two and tied for last place with BOSTON (1-3-1), which tied one game and lost one.
HORSE RACING—"He's just like a machine. He'll do anything you ask him to," said Braulio Baeza after he rode Ogden Phipps's BUCKPASSER ($2.60) to a 1�-length win over Mr. and Mrs. Allie Reuben's Niarkos in the two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup at Aqueduct. The victory was Buckpasser's 12th straight this season and the 38th stakes win of the year for Eddie Neloy, who trains Buckpasser and 16 other stakes winners for the Phipps family: Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps, her son, Ogden, and grandson, Dinny. Neloy, who, three weeks ago, became the only trainer ever to top $2 million in one season, increased the Phipps's family earnings to $2,196,720 with the Gold Cup victory.
Mrs. Frances Center's Florida-bred 2-year-old, IN REALITY ($10), with Johnny Rotz up, scored a neck victory over Mrs. H. C. Phipps's favored Successor in the Pimlico Futurity, the 1[1/16]-mile race for juveniles, at Laurel. The win, In Reality's fourth in six starts, was worth $121,667.
Mrs. George H. Bostwick's LUMIERE ($14.60) won Aqueduct's $54,350 Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Handicap, the richest steeplechase in the U.S., by eight lengths over Mrs. William Riker's Bampton Castle.
MOTOR SPORTS—FRED LORENZEN, who gained the pole position in a 1966 Ford Fairlane with what he called a "sick engine," scored the first major stock car victory in nine months for Ford when he won the American 500 at Rockingham, N.C. by three laps over Don White, who finished second in a Dodge Charger.
Englishman JOHN SURTEES, driving a Lola-Chevrolet, won the 200-mile Los Angeles Times Grand Prix, the fifth race in the Canadian-American Cup Challenge series, as Jim Hall of Midland, Texas finished second in a Chaparral. The victory put Surtees in a tie for the series lead with Phil Hill.
TRACK & FIELD—Belgium's GASTON ROELANTS, the 1964 Olympic gold medalist and holder of the world record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, broke the world mark for the 20-kilometer run by 1:16.6 with a 58:06.2 clocking, and continuing, set a new record for distance run in one hour (12 miles, 1,168 yards, 2 feet), in Louvain, Belgium. The previous marks for both events were set by Australia's Ron Clarke in 1965.
Abebe Bikila, Ethiopia's two-time (1960 and 1964) Olympic marathon winner, took the Inchon- Seoul Marathon in 2:17.04, in Seoul, Korea.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: A.P. (Paddy) SMITHWICK, 39, of Monkton, Md., a top steeplechase jockey for 20 years, to train steeplechase horses. Smithwick, who rode for his brother, Mike, trainer for such prominent owners as Mrs. Ogden Phipps and Mrs. A. C. Randolph, cracked a vertebra when he was thrown during a hurdle race at Monmouth Park last July and was still bothered by the after-effects. He ended his riding career with more mounts (2,103) and more victories (400, including four Temple Gwathmey wins) than any other steeplechase jockey in the U.S.